McConnell warns Trump troop drawdowns could repeat ‘humiliating’ fall of Saigon

McConnell warns Trump troop drawdowns could repeat ‘humiliating’ fall of Saigon


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday warned President Trump against drawing down troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying it could be a “humiliating” moment akin to the 1975 fall of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War.

Trump reportedly plans to reduce troop levels to 2,500 in each country before President-elect Joe Biden takes office Jan. 20 — down from 4,500 in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq currently.

The White House and Pentagon didn’t deny the reports.

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McConnell (R-Ky.) stridently objected, saying in a Senate floor speech that “a rapid withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm.”

“The consequences of a premature American exit would likely be even worse than President Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, which fueled the rise of ISIS and a new round of global terrorism. It would be reminiscent of the humiliating American departure from Saigon in 1975,” he said.

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